The heat warning from this weekend is carrying over into today. We have a hot week ahead of us, with temperatures getting as high as 33 without the humidity tomorrow. Heat stroke can be a medical emergency. If you, or someone you know, has a high temperature, but stopped sweating, have slurred speech, or is unconscious, call 911 right away.

A Southern Ontario Health Unit gives some facts and tips to stay cool during a heat wave.

At the highest risk for heat stroke are:

·         older adults;

·         infants and young children;

·         people with chronic illnesses, such as breathing difficulties, heart conditions, or psychiatric illnesses;

·         people who work in the heat;

·         people who exercise in the heat;

·         homeless people; and

·         low-income earners.

Symptoms of heat stroke are:

·         dizziness or fainting;

·         nausea or vomiting;

·         headache;

·         rapid breathing and heartbeat;

·         extreme thirst; and

·         decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

Stay safe from heat stroke with these tips:

·         Frequently visit neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.

·         Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.

·         Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day (e.g. early morning, late afternoon)

·         Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.

·         Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.

·         Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place. It could be a tree-shaded area, swimming facility or an air-conditioned spot such as a public building, shopping mall, grocery store, place of worship or public library.

·         Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed.

·         Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven.

·         Block sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day.

·         Avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat or using an umbrella.

 

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